Teaching Reno Students How to Save a Life


Would you know how to administer CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) if you had to? For victims of a cardiac event, CPR can double or even triple their chances of survival.

Reno’s Traner Middle School students recently learned these lifesaving skills as part of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) new “CPR in Schools” program. With the training kits, which include a lesson plan, a how-to DVD and 10 inflatable CPR mannequins, an educator can teach up to 600 students a week — that translates into 600 more people in our communities with the skills to save a life. And that’s just the beginning.

Renown partnered with the AHA of Northern Nevada, along with REMSA and Wells Fargo, to bring this valuable training to the area’s students, and as a Washoe County School District’s Partners for Education, Renown brought the program, and the District’s first three kits, to its Partner school — Traner.  

See how the students reacted to this lifesaving lesson, and find out how to help save a life with CPR.


  1. Wonderful program. I understand Traner is our partner school, but why just Traner. This is invaluable information for all students. Will this program be extended to all the middle and high schools in our district?
    • Hi Debra, Thank you for your feedback and for reading BestMEDICINE! Currently, the “CPR in Schools” program is planned to extend throughout Washoe County District’s middle schools and high schools. It's a program through the American Heart Association and was made possible through support from REMSA, Wells Fargo and Renown. The training kits featured in the video (and others) will be used in training in schools across the School District and was kicked-off at Traner. Again, thank you for your commentary and reading! Kat